A young boy was begging. He was ashamed of begging but he left at home a sick mother who was suffering not only from disease but also from severe hunger. The boy was ashamed of stretching his hand to beg; however, in the mean time, he felt he had an obligation toward his sick mother.
In the crowd, one of the nobility noticed that the little boy was not at ease. He went to the child and spoke nicely to him, “Why are you not at ease?”
The boy answered, “Sir, you look like a noble man; you wear expensive clothes and a top hat. I never complained before to any one about our condition but I am in a bitter struggle. My father died and left us nothing. My mother works so we can eat but now she is sick in bed. I’ve neither food nor medicine to give her.”
The man hid his tears with an artificial smile and said to the boy, “Take me to your home.”
Before getting to the house, the noble man ordered some food to be sent to the house of the child.
The two entered the house and while the noble man was talking to the sick mother he took pity on her and said to her, “I’m not a doctor but I’ll write down a recipe that benefit you.”
He handed her the written paper and left.
The mother looked at the paper and found it to be a cheque for a large sum of money and she was very surprised when she read the signature of the cheque. It was George Washington, the president of the United States of America.
Lord, grant me a kind heart that understands the pain of orphans,
And cares about the needy.
Let me offer my heart and my feelings before offering my money and my belongings.
What about you?